My mother you say –

They said heaps of nice things about her. They made her two cakes. They decorated a seemingly undecoratable conference room. They issued Resolutions and Proclamations. They made slide shows and videos. They took photos. They proclaimed it all over town for a week. When they met me, they told me how great she was. And while I always said, “I know,” I’m not sure I really did. I learned things about her style and her skill at work that I had no idea about before. Most moving was the way so many women thanked her for inspiring them, for mentoring them, for being a great role model.

I wasn’t surprised, exactly. But it’s like looking at a prism from another angle, it refracts light in a different way than you’d seen it previously. 

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